As with many Torontonians, Toronto musicians are facing significant challenges living and working in Toronto as a result of a lack of affordable housing options, and limited transportation and urban infrastructure. Many musicians have decided to leave Toronto altogether for less expensive urban centers, such as Hamilton, London and Guelph. Not only does this decision often create additional challenges to their professional and career development, but it also threatens the health of Toronto’s creative economies and the vibrancy of our cultural scene.
Toronto Music City’s first proposed project, in partnership with The Daniels Corporation, is a 100-unit affordable housing co-op + music hub in Regent Park, located at the south east corner of Dundas St E and Sumach St.
This development is conceived as a safe space where musicians can learn, live, work and play.
Our vision for a ‘music hub’ is centered on musicians’ career and professional development, S.T.E.A.M-based educational programming, and personal growth. The hub design includes 10,000 sq. ft. of office space available to music industry and non-profit community partners, and 12,000 sq. ft. of soundproofed recording and rehearsal spaces, including a film/TV editing suite. The recording and rehearsal space is designed to be semi-public: open to all ‘Music City Co-op’ tenants, and also by invitation to their friends, collaborators and industry partners. The facilities will be operated on a long-term lease to Toronto Music City and its industry/community partners.
Incorporating affordable housing with collaborative and multi-disciplinary work spaces, this development will provide musicians with the skills, technological tools and commercial opportunities they need to thrive in the modern music ecosystem.
Over the fall of 2016, Toronto Music City convened a steering committee of artists and industry professionals to advise us on all aspects of the development and the music hub, from the number and design of the suites to soundproofing, electrical and technology requirements to criteria for co-op membership. This invaluable feedback has been incorporated into the design and architectural plans for the development + music hub.